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If she argued with a neighbor constantly over a barking dog, if she was forced to rebuff a flirty guy, whatever you got, I need.
Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  to reject another’s help, suggestion, or approach — typically rudely

or in a battle or fight:  to drive back
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rebuffed rebuff rebuffs rebuffing
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  • If she argued with a neighbor constantly over a barking dog, if she was forced to rebuff a flirty guy, whatever you got, I need.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Sebastian’s forces were rebuffed.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Hands shot up around the room, but she rebuffed all questions and marched off to secure the doors.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • When I explained to my friends and family that I was moving to San Francisco and would be working and traveling for the magazine, they were uniformly surprised and suspicious of my new job, but I rebuffed their questions, adopting the air of a woman of mystery.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • And Martina had been rebuffed by an excruciating shin-scrape.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • I couldn’t figure out why my cousin would want to exchange his Yiddish name—which in English means Joseph—for the Polish version, but the teacher’s rebuff didn’t surprise me.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • My first overtures of friendship with the people on the island, although not rebuffed, failed to win me any friends with whom I felt completely comfortable.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • None of these people seemed to mind being rebuffed or being hustled out of the shop by Metty; some of them came again.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • "Lady Artemis rebuffed him, of course," Phoebe said.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Popchik alone was happy; it was rare we had so much company in the house and he ran from person to person, undiscouraged by repeated rebuffs.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • She rebuffed constant demands for sex.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Since my rebuff of yesterday I have a sort of empty feeling.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Having no excuse for lingering longer, I slipped out, while Linton was engaged in timidly rebuffing the advances of a friendly sheep-dog.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • ’That’s Manderley,’ she said, and I remember coming out of the shop feeling rebuffed, yet hardly wiser than before.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • His response was instant but quickly followed by his rebuff.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • She sounded so disappointed-and looked so forlorn-Eragon felt guilty for rebuffing her.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • He grew awkwardly into a tall, strange, dreamy boy with fragile eyes and a very delicate mouth whose tentative, groping smile collapsed instantly into hurt disorder at every fresh rebuff.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • I have seen him wringing his hands after such a rebuff, and I am sure the annoyance and the terror he lived in must have greatly hastened his early and unhappy death.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • By repeatedly rebuffing the friendly advances of her new Wizarding neighbors, she soon ensured that her family was left well alone.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • He was plainly expectant of a rebuff, and he was just as plainly surprised when her teeth did not flash out at him in anger.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Very few of them had the nerve to face the rebuffs that they would encounter by trying to get into the buildings to interview the bosses; if they did not get a chance in the morning, there would be nothing to do but hang about the saloons the rest of the day and night.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Startled, at first abashed, Charles blushed at the rebuff and then, seeing how her eyes were fastened on his sister, he smiled.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • When it was a question of charity, he was not to be rebuffed even by a refusal, and on such occasions he gave utterance to remarks which induced reflection.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Where Aron was received, Cal was rebuffed for doing or saying exactly the same thing.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • I almost expected a rebuff for this hardly well-timed question, but, on the contrary, waking out of his scowling abstraction, he turned his eyes towards me, and the shade seemed to clear off his brow.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Maia was in one corner of the room, bent over and retching, her hand braced against the wall; Jordan hovered over her, looking as if he wanted to reach out and stroke her back, but was afraid of being rebuffed.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • I met no rebuffs, only gentleness when they informed me they could not use my services as typist, bookkeeper, etc.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • He had a tendency when he was rebuffed in an undertaking to stubbornly push all the harder straight for it, whereas a Japanese would more tactfully look for some way around.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • (He starts to kiss her, she rebuffs him again and he jumps up) BENEATHA: Why are you angry, George?
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • But the Lady Klytaimnestra, in the first days, rebuffed him, being faithful still; then, too, she had at hand as her companion a minstrel Agamemnon left attending her, charged with her care, when he took ship for Troy.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Perry, his eyes glitteringly immense in a face now almost phosphorescently pale, studied the ceiling; and presently, after placing a picture postcard on the patient’s bedside table, the rebuffed visitor departed.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • I was not sure what could be accomplished by means of tenacity and little else, but the target was set high and each rebuff only saw me more determined to see at least one major dream through to itsfulfillment.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • On New Year’s Day, driven mad by rebuffs from Remedios the Beauty, the young commander of the guard was found dead under her window.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Never again did she expose herself without due consideration and precaution against rebuff.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Stand fast and fight!’ yelled Sir Cadogan in a muffled voice from behind his visor, but Harry merely walked on and when Sir Cadogan attempted to follow him by running into a neighbouring picture, he was rebuffed by its inhabitant, a large and angry-looking wolfhound.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Henchard shut up her argument with a sharp rebuff.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • All his requests were rebuffed.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Remembering his rebuff of a year ago, even though it had been his mother, Rufus was afraid to speak of it.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • Mr. Glauber went home seriously indisposed at his rebuff, took a cooling draught, and is now quite cured.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • She met with painful rebuffs, the most trying of which had been in a manufacturing cloak house, where she had gone to the fourth floor to inquire.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • MacCann went briskly to and fro among the students, talking rapidly, answering rebuffs and leading one after another to the table.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • First, M. and Madame de Saint-Meran incurred his displeasure, so he poured out three drops of his elixir—three drops were sufficient; then followed Barrois, the old servant of M. Noirtier, who sometimes rebuffed this little wretch—he therefore received the same quantity of the elixir; the same happened to Valentine, of whom he was jealous; he gave her the same dose as the others, and all was over for her as well as the rest.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • "Thou hast it, De Bracy," said Front-de-Boeuf, well pleased with the rebuff which his companion had received; "the Saxon hath hit thee fairly."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Trish was not sure what made her more uncomfortable—helping Katherine Solomon hire a hacker . or calling a guy who probably still found it impossible to believe a pudgy, redheaded metasystems analyst would rebuff his romantic advances.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Then he drove me back to my house, rebuffing my halfhearted protests by promising to get me back to my car the next morning.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • It’s just that in this other dimension he gets all screwed up and is rebuffed by it.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • All unawares, Fluttering his pennons vain, plumb-down he drops Ten thousand fathom deep, and to this hour Down had been falling, had not, by ill chance, The strong rebuff of some tumultuous cloud, Instinct with fire and nitre, hurried him As many miles aloft.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Cunning hints inviting confidence she rebuffed with violence.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • The woman’s resentment of the rebuff seemed to spur her lagging ideas.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • She had rebuffed the Indian men she wasn’t interested in, and she had been forbidden as a teenager to date.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
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